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Your monthly income per photo

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Pulsar124
189 posts
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Message posted at 08/19/2013, 14:02:53 PM by Pulsar124
How much each of your photo here on DT earns per month, on average? (Basically, your DT monthly income divided by your current number of photos.) Especially interesting if you were here for a while (more than two years). My guess is for large enough portfolios the numbers should be comparable.

Also - are you exclusive or not? I am curious to see how exclusiveness affects per photo income.

For me, the number is ~0.20$ per photo per month. I am exclusive. Some of my stuff (IT) sells ~20x better than the rest, plus my portfolio is small, so it could be well off a DT norm.
Canon 50D, Canon 135mm f2.0L, Canon 70-200mm f4L, Sigma 1...

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Nikon4004
1882 posts
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Message posted at 08/19/2013, 15:57:59 PM by Nikon4004
Too many decimal places to post. Embarasing but I only ahve 125 posted
NikonD300, D90 , D70 ........ Ricohflex 2 1/2 Nikon 50mm 1....

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Gmargittai
316 posts
67
Message posted at 08/19/2013, 19:44:10 PM by Gmargittai
6 cents/month.


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Igordabari
3329 posts
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Message edited at 08/20/2013, 16:33:05 PM by Igordabari
$$0.13/month (when calculating with CURRENT number of files in PF and monthly revenue averaged over last 13 months)

$$0.18/months (when calculating with AVERAGED over last 13 months number of files in PF and monthly revenue averaged over last 13 months)

$$0.2/m when considering the last july only.

Exclusive
I, me, myself + cameras: Canon 450d (for astrophoto...

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Pindiyath100
2314 posts
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Message edited at 08/20/2013, 20:37:33 PM by Pindiyath100
Exclusive, between $0.12 - $0.15 for last 6 months.:)
Canon EOS 6D + Canon EF 24-70L, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L I...

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Bogdan
358 posts
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Message posted at 08/20/2013, 03:43:26 AM by Bogdan
0.255$/month in July. But this includes the files in the free section.
I'm non-exlcusive, although I have quite a significant amount of images as exclusive.

Bogdan
Body: Canon EOS 60D (18MP) Lenses: Canon EF 17-40...

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Goncharov2006
11 posts
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Message edited at 08/20/2013, 05:33:15 AM by Goncharov2006
3.4 cents only, though I am exclusive here. But my PF is too small so far
SONY DSLR α-450 + Tamron 17-50 mm f2.8 + Sigma 70 mm f2.8

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Pulsar124
189 posts
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Message posted at 08/20/2013, 09:00:25 AM by Pulsar124
Thanks for the info, keep it coming, for a meaningful statistics!
Canon 50D, Canon 135mm f2.0L, Canon 70-200mm f4L, Sigma 1...

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Baldas1950
545 posts
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Message edited at 08/20/2013, 09:03:07 AM by Baldas1950
Exclusive. 6 cents x month
Nikon D90 Gimp 2.6 Adobe Photoshop

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Ankevanwyk
1344 posts
Message posted at 08/20/2013, 16:10:04 PM by Ankevanwyk
;-) - clever!
Nikon, Nikon, Nikon!

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Bigpressphoto
345 posts
Message posted at 08/20/2013, 16:12:05 PM by Bigpressphoto
about sixty dollars a month now. I recently doubled the number of files online. most sales were acheived when I had only 250 files up. now im exclusive
Nikon D90 and Nikon coolpix cameras and lenses WC-E 67 Pent...

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Igordabari
3329 posts
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Message posted at 08/20/2013, 16:31:32 PM by Igordabari

Originally posted by Bigpressphoto:
Quoted Message: about sixty dollars a month now. I recently doubled the number of files online. most sales were acheived when I had only 250 files up. now im exclusive


It makes $0.14 per image monthly, is not it?
I, me, myself + cameras: Canon 450d (for astrophoto...

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Lauriey
355 posts
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Message posted at 08/21/2013, 00:03:59 AM by Lauriey
This is a really an interesting idea!

Mine is actually .3977 - not to shabby it looks like. I have a small portfolio with a few good sellers (plus I've been here slowllllly building for 3 years so some images are higher ranked which helps).
D700, 14-24mm, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm VRII, 50mm 1.4, 105mm M...

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Pulsar124
189 posts
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Message posted at 08/21/2013, 12:11:52 PM by Pulsar124
I think this way of looking at photo sales can be very helpful, when trying to figure out how to improve your photography income. The Lauriey's case is very interesting; my IT photos (paying 23x more than the rest of my photos - or whopping 1.50$ per photo per month) is another interesting case.

My impression is that most of income is coming from old uploads; at least it is true for me - I've uploaded ~25 photos this year, but only had two 0.42$ sales for them. (No IT photos though.) How about your recent (this year) uploads - are they selling poorly, compared to your last year situation?
Canon 50D, Canon 135mm f2.0L, Canon 70-200mm f4L, Sigma 1...

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Bradcalkins
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Message posted at 08/21/2013, 13:29:42 PM by Bradcalkins
Well, looking at my last 60 sales (3 days worth of data), here is the RPI breakdown based on year of upload (and number of images uploaded in that year):

2013 $0.004 (! I needed three digits to register my single sub sales from images in 2013 in last 3 days)
2012 $0.10
2011 $0.25
2010 $0.41
2009 $0.39
2008 $0.24

So definitely a lot of images from 2008-2011 making up the majority of my revenue. I think this simply reflects the DT level system, which tends to make images earn more over time. My 2012 sales are not that far off my 2009 sales, for example, but it only takes a couple of higher level credit sales in my 2009 data to greatly increase RPI. When you think about it, it takes 20 sub sales to make up for a single $7 credit sale - but you aren't getting those $7 credit sales unless you have Level 4 or 5 images.

I think it also explains portfolios that are small but have very high RPI. If you have a few high level images that regularly get a few credit sales, your RPI will be higher than most. It is a lot harder to maintain that uploading 50-100 image a month for 5 years. From what I have seen you can have high revenue with lots of images, high RPI with few, but it is the rare individual who achieves both. And the unlucky photographer who achieves neither!
Fast primes, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 12-40mm f/2.8

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Igordabari
3329 posts
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Message posted at 08/22/2013, 00:12:44 AM by Igordabari
What Brad said is supported by some figures which could be called 'what if I would come to DT 1 year ago?'.

For each definite day one can compute (1) number of images uploaded for last 365 days and (2) number of images that was uploaded for last 365 days and sold for last 365 days. Dividing first number by second one gets a factor that shows the role of last year in sales.

For my portfolio the factor is as follows:

0.43 (for the REAL first year - Nov 27 2010...Nov 26 2011)
0.33 (for the period May 18 2012 ... May 17 2013)
0.19 (for the period Aug 23 2012 ... Aug 22 2013)

So, during my first year on DT I uploaded 216 images which gave me 92 sales during mi last year.
During my last year on DT I uploaded 368 images which gave me 71 sales during my last year.

According to me, this shows that 'last year images' worked twice more effective 2 years ago. In fact, the decrease is even stronger given that quality of my last images is definitely higher compared to the first one.
I, me, myself + cameras: Canon 450d (for astrophoto...

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Lenutaidi
3031 posts
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Message posted at 08/22/2013, 01:11:44 AM by Lenutaidi
Hey,guys! For me is good (or sounds good to me):is best sales month for me:)and will be even more....I'm sure that:)) Cheers!:)


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